The Vicar Of Dibley left viewers heartbroken on tonight’s episode with a poignant tribute to Geraldine’s best friend, little Alice Tinker.
The bubbly blonde’s death was announced on the show this evening, after actress Emma Chambers died in 2018.
While the team have continued to pretend other characters of Dibley are still alive and well despite actors’ deaths, it was decided Emma, and Alice, should be commemorated by Geraldine.
Dawn French spoke before the episode how difficult the scenes were to film, and in the poignant dedication, was seen breaking down as she played vicar Geraldine, commemorating the death of her right hand lady.
Speaking to the cameras, Geraldine revealed that Alice had died of cancer three years ago, after initially getting excited over hearing she had a ‘positive test result’.
Geraldine told viewers: ‘Who is the person I have loved most in my life? Well, I’m very fond of my handsome husband, but in the end it has got to be her. My own darling dumb blonde.
‘She had one husband, six children, and three brain cells, but so much love in her heart she could defrost a frozen pizza on a Christmas day.
‘She wasn’t the brightest bulb in the box, but when we lost her, all our lights went out.’
Choking back tears as she continued to speak, Geraldine continued: ‘I believe in eternal life in heaven, but I also believe in eternal life on earth, because those who die are eternally here, alive in our memories, and who we are, because of how they changed us.’
‘Someone who’s final request was her coffin to be carried into the final request by six people dressed as Peppa Pig will never be forgotten,’ the teary star then continued.
‘Message for the day: Love the ones you’re with, especially in these hardest of times.’
Viewers were devastated by the emotional moment, and paid their own tribute to Alice and commemorated the life of Emma Chambers online.
Emma Chambers was one of the key actors of the Vicar Of Dibley, with James Fleet, who played her on-screen husband Hugo, making brief appearances in the three new 10-minute specials.
Sadly, many of the original actors have since died, including Roger Lloyd-Pack, who played farmer Owen, John Bluthal, who played eternal bore Frank, and Liz Smith, who played Letitia Cropley.
The Vicar Of Dibley In Lockdown continues next Monday at 8.20pm
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